by Bradley Smith
with an Introduction by Henry Miller
This digital or e-book, The Erotic Art of the Masters: The 18th Century by Bradley Smith with an Introduction by Henry Miller (Paris Writers Press, 2014), features the dynamic works of such artists as Fragonard, Courbet, Rowlandson, Watteau and others. Paintings from France, the French Revolution, China, Japan and India are included.
Smith also published book covering the 19th and 20th centuries respectively. The other two centuries highlight the works of Degas, Manet, Renoir, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, Magritte, Dali, Schiele, Wahhol and others.
The most skillful and creative painters in every era have produced erotic art, which has never been dated or out of fashion. In each age, the artist has clearly stated: “This is life. This is a part of romance, of maturity, of pleasure, of love.”
This book is a visual study of the sexual history of the human race.
Relationships in erotic art and behavior among divergent cultures have been researched and compared. Until the 1900’s, this vital and liberating art was frequently banned by censors, the clergy and restrictive laws.
This rich storehouse of great art is now available as an e-book. Bradley Smith was given access to many museums and private collections and he photographed these works in color. For a new visual experience, view them on your ipad and other digital devices.
“Henry Miller would be pleased. How good to see Erotic Art of the Masters re-published with 21st century technology. A new portable pleasure, the focus here is the 18th century. Looking forward to the next centuries. Henry Miller could not have anticipated the Kindle, but he would be pleased!“
“I recommend this book to all of my art collectors.” Guy de la Rapelle, Art Dealer
“Viewing and reading Erotic Art of the Masters: The 18th Century on my ipad is a real pleasure… a lovely gift from a friend.”
“Having researched a lot of books about the naughty history of Paris, I particularly enjoyed this book and Henry Miller’s introduction. There are many fascinating facts about how erotic art existed in society during these time periods, not just about the specific artworks.“
-Heather Stimmler-Hall, author of Naughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City.
“Crawling into the minds of the masters is a trip any artist can benefit from. Works of art created for the artist and no one else.”
*painting above: The Swing, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, ca 1767